The Hands-On Team possesses a philosophical belief in the importance and necessity of infection prevention and management principles and evidence-based practices that are of a multidisciplinary nature.
The Consultants and Advisors have the knowledge and motivation necessary for their safe and effective implementation in the workplace, resulting in favourable outcomes for the customer.
RN BN MHlthSc (Inf Control) TAE40116 Cert IV in Training & Assessment Immunisation Certificate NHHI Gold Standard Auditor & Assessor MACN
Megan is a registered general nurse with a Certificate in Infection Control obtained from Fremantle Hospital (1988). She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing at Edith Cowan University in 1999, Masters in Health Science (Infection Control) with Honors at Griffith University in 2002, Immunisation Certificate in 2008 and TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment in 2015.
Megan has 30 years knowledge, skills and experience working in the specialist area of infection prevention and management, and HIV/AIDS in the community, residential, office-based, acute, ambulatory and day surgery health care settings. Over the years, she has attended and presented posters and papers at state, national and international conferences, published in Australian Infection Control peer-review journal, established a respite house for people living with HIV disease, guest lectured to undergraduate nurses at Edith Cowan University and until recently co-coordinated a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control course with the Centre for Nursing Education at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
In 1998 Megan commenced Hands-On Infection Control which provides an infection prevention advisory, education and immunisation services to over 100 acute, community, residential, volunteer, office-based, day surgery, rehabilitation, child care, personal services, corrective/justice, aviation, industry and training organisations in both metropolitan, rural and remote Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Megan continues to participate in professional development opportunities, which reflect the need to know of, understand and professionally practice evidence-based infection prevention and management. Her professional memberships include the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc (APIC), Royal College of Nursing Australia, Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) Ltd, Sterilizing Research & Advisory Council of Australia (SRACA WA) and Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia (GENCA).
Megan has held executive positions on both State and National infection control professional associations, was Convenor of the 2010 AICA 6th Biennial Infection Control Conference and WA representative on the 2012 ACIPC (formally AICA) 7th Biennial Conference Executive Committee. Megan was appointed as a Director to the First Executive Council of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) in January 2012 and until 1 July 2013 was the Co-Chair of the College Education and Research Committee.
RN BN Midwifery Cert Grad Cert in Infection Control Immunisation Cert TAE40110 Cert IV Training & Assessment HHA Gold Standard Auditor & Assessor Yvonne completed her registered nurse training at the WA Institute of Technology in 1984. After completing her Midwifery certificate at KEMH in 1988 she moved into day surgery where she remained for 27 years, combining a clinical and management role including staff development, WH&S, quality, accreditation (ACHS and ISO 9001) and infection prevention and control. In 2007/2008, Yvonne completed the Graduate Certificate in Infection Control, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2014, Immunisation Certificate in 2009 and became a Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) Gold Standard Hand Hygiene Auditor & Assessor in 2016. She is currently a member of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACICP). Yvonne joined the Hands-On team in May 2009 and brings with her a wealth of experience in the day surgery setting, in particular ophthalmic surgery. When not working with Hands-On, Yvonne is the Infection Control Coordinator at a 95 bed private hospital in metropolitan Perth.
Nelly joined the Hands-On Team in February 2019. She has a background of almost 22 years within the Western Australian sterilisation services environment as a CSSD technician, team leader, supervisor, preceptor, and manager. In this time Nelly oversaw the refurbishment of a new sterilisation department. Her most recent experience was with the transportation of reusable medical devices (RMD). Throughout the 21 years of her career, Nelly has had ongoing education on sterilising and endoscopy. She completed her sterilisation technology certificate in 2000 and national infection control certificate for the endoscopy education program in 2009, completing her annual competencies each year thereafter. Nelly in her managing role was able to achieve great results on the ACHS accreditation for her department, the sterilisation department won the infection control award within the company she was employed for at the time. Nelly has won other awards as a sterilisation technician and manager due to her dedication, passion for excellence and achievement in her roles.
RN BSc (Nursing); Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control; Immunisation Certificate. Sandra completed her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree at Curtin University in 1992. After undertaking further studies and gaining clinical experience in a variety of specialties, she left Australia in 1996 to work in the UK. This included clinical work within the NHS and the maritime industry. It was during her extensive travels overseas that she first saw the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases in third-world countries. This has led to further studies in tropical nursing in London, and undertaking a Post-Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control upon her return to Perth. Sandra has since worked extensively within the Ophthalmic day-surgery arena both in clinical and management roles, and is currently a member of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACICP).
Catherine joined the Hands-On Team in April 2020 as an Immunisation Nurse. She has a passion for preventative healthcare and has worked closely in preventing communicable diseases and the spread of infection in both hospital and community settings. Her roles have included infection control and immunisation with a focus on staff and client safety in a health care setting and for travel health. Throughout her career Catherine has had ongoing training on infectious diseases and immunisation. When not working with Hands-On, Catherine works as a RN for a WA based children’s charity that aims to reduce middle ear disease in Aboriginal and at-risk children in the Pilbara and Esperance regions, as well as a casual RN for an Aboriginal community-health organisation in Perth providing primary and clinical nursing care.
Rosemary Cave is our first point of contact as our Administrative Assistant. She has over 20 years administration experience in Occupational Health. Rose began her career in Australia Post working in their Work Environment Services area before moving to work in private practice. She completed a Medical Receptionist Course in 2001 and has a Diploma in Physiatrics. Rose joined Hands-On Infection Control in 2011.
BSc, BA (Hons), MForSci. Ariane began her career in private allied health, working as a front office receptionist while attending university full-time for a combined BA/BSc degree. She went on to complete a Master of Forensic Science (Research) in 2014. Ariane has over ten years administration experience in a variety of health care settings, including as a Database Officer for the Donor and Product Safety Unit at the Red Cross Blood Service, and project support for Occupational Health and Safety at North Metropolitan Health Service. Ariane joined the Hands-On team in July 2020, bringing her skillset in research and statistical analysis. When not working with Hands-On, she is working on her PhD thesis at the University of Western Australia.